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“Great place to start in Bray”
Review of The Harbour Bar

The Harbour Bar
Ranked #1 of 6 Nightlife in Bray
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Welcome to the official page of The Harbour Bar, one of Bray's best loved pubs.Voted as one of the Lonely Planet's best bars in the world this is a gem located right beside the boxing club where Katie Taylor trains, often calling in to use the facilities.This is one of Bray's top spots for live music with traditional and acoustic sessions in the bar every Wednesday - Sunday and live bands in the lounge every Thursday - Sunday.The iconic Harbour Bar in Bray, Co Wicklow, is famous for attracting a glittering clientele and its visitors' book is a who's who of famous names down through the decades.The Harbour Bar is open daily.
Reviewed October 14, 2012

Paul O'Toole (?), the owner was very friendly and a real laugh. I can't remember being made so welcome. The pub doesn't do food but don't let that put you off, Paul knows the best places to eat. The beer was very good, the company, loads of locals, was even better. One local even got on the barman's case for taking too long to serve our drinks. There is music on so often I get the feeling its hard to avoid it. There are so many little rooms in the place though its easy to find a secluded spot if you need to. The 2 nights we went were one big party. At non-busy times, the 2 cats and the Jack Russell dog were also very welcoming and seemed to have free roam of the place. We had a hell of a time here. Thanks Paul and all the locals too !

2  Thank Mike911EastSussex
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

Loved this bar full of antiquey artifacts - pity it was kind of empty - has huge potential & could be buzzing which I would imagine is the case at the weekends?? beside Katie Taylors boxing club - fabulous bar but very cold in temperature

5  Thank aoibhinnmcgee
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

This bar is for sure the best to go out in bray. It has two parts, one very old and traditional looking part for (probably) older guests and one very special designed for the younger guests.
The quality of the music and the barmen is very different. If you are staying in bray you should definitely visit this bar but don't come with huge expectations

3  Thank Clemens L
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

If your in Bray and you'd like to experience a quirky little Irish place then this is it. Music and a great atmosphere.

6  Thank BusinessManUK
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

From the moment I found out that we would be in the Bray, Ireland area for a family wedding I knew that we needed to pay a visit to Harbour Bar - Bray, Ireland "The Best Bar in the Universe" as seen on-line... and we were not disappointed. We had a fantistic time sipping pints of Guinness at this ecclectic and interesting Pub.
This place has 4 different rooms to cater to whatever your mood happens to be or your style for Pubs and we spent time in each room. The old original bar room isn't fancy or anything and has the look and feel of a very old Irish Pub with what look to be original taps still on display. While we were there they had a group of musicians playing classic Irish Pub Tunes (I called them The Lads). There's a smaller more intimate room called "The Snook or The Snug or something" - maybe a great room if you're on a date or something. In the back they have a room with a stage for live bands. They also have a room that might remind some of the Library/Den in their house with a fully functional real wood burning fire place and sitting couches - kind of like a Parlor.
The crowd here was as ecclectic as the place.They seem to collect odd stuff that people just bring in to them so when you go keep this in mind and bring them something you just have lying around. Had I known this I would have shown up prepared.
We had a chance to meet one of the owners who was a great host to us while we there.
The people were great, beer was good and we had a great time. Well worth the visit and definately a place I'd like to return to. Sloncha (sp?)... Cheers!!! Enjoy.

7  Thank CiroJG
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